Linguistics and Linguistic Survey

The Linguistic Survey Track prepares students to plan survey trips, gather and analyze data to compare languages and dialects, assess the needs of a language community, and write reports documenting important information about language communities. Students will learn how to conduct various types of sociolinguistic research in order to catalog the world’s languages.

The Linguistics Track equips students to be able to do the basic analyses of a language for the purpose of developing an orthography and dictionary, write a basic description of the sound system and grammar of the language to aid literacy and translation work in the language.

Courses cover relevant linguistic principles and research methodology.

The Linguistic Survey Track and Linguistics Track are comprised of the following ten courses. All courses are taught at the university-level and can be part of a bachelor’s degree.



  • Sociolinguistics
  • Phonetics and Introduction to Phonology
  • Survey Methods 1 or Field Methods and Data Collection


  • Phonology
  • Survey Methods 2 or Lexicography and Field Data Analysis
  • Introduction to Grammar


  • Language Development and Language Planning
  • Survey Methods 3 or Discourse Analysis
  • Advanced Phonology and Tone Analysis